Sixty-seven years ago this month, on April 9, 1942, I was surrendered to the Japanese Imperial Army on the Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines. At my first prison camp, the Japanese commandant turned to the American prisoners of war (POWs) and told us that we were “lower than dogs” and “they (the Japanese) would treat us that way for the rest of our lives.” Then he said, “We will never be friends with the piggish Americans.”
Dr. Lester Tenney is a professor emeritus of business administration from Arizona State University and commander of the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor. He is a survivor of the Bataan Death March and a Mitsui coal mine.
In his recent article in Japan Times, Dr. Tenney recalls the horrors he endured as a POW and tells about the Japanese government’s first official apology specifically to mention POWs or any particular group hurt by Imperial Japan.
Read full article: The end of the long march (Japan Times)
Further Reading: Bataan Death March
4 thoughts on “Japan’s Apology to Prisoners of War”
Yes, it is horrible what some people went through. Some had enough resilience and luck to survive and tell the history to the world. I hope the wounds will heal eventually.
It is sad but…apparently, they’ve done a lot more immoral things in the Philippines, much to the dismay of POWs regardless of their nationality. But I think their misdeeds were justified when USA dropped the nuke on them.
Killing civilians is not justice.